Junior, Kahne comment on accidents

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Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. race in a pack of cars Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

By Dominic Aragon
May 2, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne’s days were each affected by on-track incidents in Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Hendrick Motorsports teammates were two of three drivers involved in the race’s first caution on lap 49 on the backstretch.

“We had a real bad problem at the first run, the splitter was on the ground real bad,” Earnhardt Jr. said of the first incident. “I was really tight and couldn’t run anywhere, but up against the wall. We made some adjustments to help the car and the splitter was still on the ground really bad.

“I got in a bad area with the wind and the air and it just got loose and spun out. The same thing that happened at Daytona to us. We just got to look at what we are doing on our adjustments and try not to do that.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives to pit road after his first incident at Talladega Superspeeday Sunday.
Kahne gave his insight of what happened.

“I couldn’t really tell what happened,” he said of the first incident. “I know Dale went to go left and then came back right. I’m not sure exactly why, maybe there was something in front of him that happened, I don’t know.

“We had a great car. We had a really good Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. I’m surprised something like that happened right then. It wasn’t like it was four-wide or anything. It was fairly simple at that point in time I thought.”

Additionally, Junior was collected in an incident with Carl Edwards on lap 110 in turn one.

“I don’t know, I was just riding around there at the back of the draft and I think something broke on Carl’s car,” he said. “He just flew up the track into us.”

Junior completed 63 laps en route to a 40th place effort.

Junior entered Sunday’s race seventh on the Chase Grid, 74 points ahead of the cutline, and leaves Talladega 55 points ahead of 17th place in driver standings, eighth overall.

Kahne’s single-car incident on lap 128 triggered the race’s fifth caution in turn four. He completed 82 laps en route to a 39th place finish.

Kahne entered the race 14th on the Chase grid, 18 points above the cutline, and leaves Talladega four points behind the Chase cutoff, 17th overall.
Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne make the 2016 Chase Grid?
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